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    Thinking of getting a bicycle to get to the train station which is about a couple of miles.
    Probably need a durable mountain bike in case of snow.
    Did not realise there are different types of gears and brakes but will aim for twist gear and disk brakes.
    Have to get accessories such as locks, helmet, and lights.
    Biggest fear is getting run over by a car and sweating a lot when I get to work.
    I have no experience of this, any advice and support appreciated on other things I need to consider.
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    I got one from Halfords a few years ago for getting to work, but since moving I have not really used it alot.
    I had a bad experience after a week of having mine, when biking to work the gears slipped and the handle bars twisted round, I ended up flying over the handlebars and the bike followed me over my head, it must of looked funny to the people driving past me. Luckily I was on the cycle path and not on the road otherwise I would of been ran over! ended up fracturing my wrist and having a cast on my arm for a month
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattyhitman View Post
    I got one from Halfords a few years ago for getting to work, but since moving I have not really used it alot.
    I had a bad experience after a week of having mine, when biking to work the gears slipped and the handle bars twisted round, I ended up flying over the handlebars and the bike followed me over my head, it must of looked funny to the people driving past me. Luckily I was on the cycle path and not on the road otherwise I would of been ran over! ended up fracturing my wrist and having a cast on my arm for a month
    Played havoc with my xbox'ing !
    You are putting me off Matty, that would be my worst nightmare looking a prat and getting hurt. Worst would be getting hit by a car.
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    Please don't get run over by a car Master.

    please.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattyhitman View Post
    I got one from Halfords a few years ago for getting to work, but since moving I have not really used it alot.
    I had a bad experience after a week of having mine, when biking to work the gears slipped and the handle bars twisted round, I ended up flying over the handlebars and the bike followed me over my head, it must of looked funny to the people driving past me. Luckily I was on the cycle path and not on the road otherwise I would of been ran over! ended up fracturing my wrist and having a cast on my arm for a month
    Played havoc with my xbox'ing !
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    Just got myself a hybrid - narrow tyres similar to a road racer but a bit more sturdy, normal mountain bike handles so best of both worlds.

    Highly recommended by cycling enthusiasts and glad i listened

    ooops just saw how old the post is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armyash View Post
    Just got myself a hybrid - narrow tyres similar to a road racer but a bit more sturdy, normal mountain bike handles so best of both worlds.

    Highly recommended by cycling enthusiasts and glad i listened

    ooops just saw how old the post is.
    What you got, I took ages to get mines.

    I got Carrera Crossfile 2, cost £330 Halfords. I decided the thicker tyres were better if it snowed or if I wanted to go on canal pathways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by armyash View Post
    Just got myself a hybrid - narrow tyres similar to a road racer but a bit more sturdy, normal mountain bike handles so best of both worlds.

    Highly recommended by cycling enthusiasts and glad i listened

    ooops just saw how old the post is.
    What you got, I took ages to get mines.

    I got Carrera Crossfile 2, cost £330 Halfords. I decided the thicker tyres were better if it snowed or if I wanted to go on canal pathways.

    I have a Viking urban trail paid £260 for it. doesn't get used as much as it should though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by armyash View Post
    Just got myself a hybrid - narrow tyres similar to a road racer but a bit more sturdy, normal mountain bike handles so best of both worlds.

    Highly recommended by cycling enthusiasts and glad i listened

    ooops just saw how old the post is.
    What you got, I took ages to get mines.

    I got Carrera Crossfile 2, cost £330 Halfords. I decided the thicker tyres were better if it snowed or if I wanted to go on canal pathways.
    This is my bike although I added bar upright extensionsIts Giant Boulder SE 21 speed. You could climb a tree in first gear lol.

    Happy riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master View Post
    Thinking of getting a bicycle to get to the train station which is about a couple of miles.
    Probably need a durable mountain bike in case of snow.
    Did not realise there are different types of gears and brakes but will aim for twist gear and disk brakes.
    Have to get accessories such as locks, helmet, and lights.
    Biggest fear is getting run over by a car and sweating a lot when I get to work.
    I have no experience of this, any advice and support appreciated on other things I need to consider.
    Do you have any hill's to climb?

    Is there security at the train station? (Bikes are easy to steal)

    What type of roads are you planning to ride on?

    What is your body build?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Master View Post
    Thinking of getting a bicycle to get to the train station which is about a couple of miles.
    Probably need a durable mountain bike in case of snow.
    Did not realise there are different types of gears and brakes but will aim for twist gear and disk brakes.
    Have to get accessories such as locks, helmet, and lights.
    Biggest fear is getting run over by a car and sweating a lot when I get to work.
    I have no experience of this, any advice and support appreciated on other things I need to consider.
    Do you have any hill's to climb?

    Is there security at the train station? (Bikes are easy to steal)

    What type of roads are you planning to ride on?

    What is your body build?
    The journey is at most 3 miles, all on the road, there are some hills but nothing too high.

    There is security at the train station so it should be OK.

    I am skinny and short but fit unlike Mark TKO who is fat, tall and ugly.
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    Suggest going with a 10 speed bike. Smoother ride on the road than a mountain bike and if you have snow, you can always change the tires.

    Lights - Flashing red on the back, mounted to the seat bar, with a couple red reflectors on each side for trailing cars to see you as they approach.

    Front Lights - White beam, either steady or flashing.

    Helmet - What feels comfortable to you. If you do get hit by a large truck, the helmet ain't going matter.

    Lock - One long enough to go through both tires and the frame of the bike and heavy enough (thickness) not easy to cut with small tools.

    Water bottle - Either bike mounted or hip sack.

    Small bag - To carry tube patches and some tools, in case you get a flat. Also a pump.

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    Tool box, never thought of that. Neither the water bottle, I wanted less stuff to carry. These accessories like lights and cycle computer I wanted to take off as they would get nicked at the station.

    I like the idea of having a faster bike rather than mountain bike which look very heavy but they need to be durable as I think I will be taking short cuts on street paths and subways.
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    Do I need to consider the frame make such as steel or alloy and does it make much difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master View Post
    Thinking of getting a bicycle to get to the train station which is about a couple of miles.
    Probably need a durable mountain bike in case of snow.
    Did not realise there are different types of gears and brakes but will aim for twist gear and disk brakes.
    Have to get accessories such as locks, helmet, and lights.
    Biggest fear is getting run over by a car and sweating a lot when I get to work.
    I have no experience of this, any advice and support appreciated on other things I need to consider.
    If you are going to get a bike get a good one. Go to a bike shop, tell them what you want it for, let them help you out with a good fit, size wise. If you are going to ride in the rain get a bike with fenders which probably eliminates mountain bikes, wide (fat) tires are best for rain, a five speed would be best, a behind the seat rack or a front basket is a must for a commuter.
    I have zero experience riding in the snow which is another good reason to buy from a bike shop, they will be able to give you good advice. Weight is important, the lighter the bike is the more expensive the bike is and it can get into the thousands of dollars.
    Summary. What I think you should get is a sturdy five speed with big tires, fenders, bike rack, and decent components (brakes, derailleur, wheels, tires, seat, etc.). If you don't have to carry your bike (up stairs or lift it into a storage rack) don't worry about the weight, of course, you don't want to wind up pushing a 40 pound monster with a flat tire up a hill either.
    Lights and reflectors. It's as important to be seen as it is to see. Get advice from your bike shop for lights, locks, helmets and riding gear, the equipment is endless.
    Sweating. If you ride in the cold, rain, or snow you will wind up sweaty. You have to stay warm and all that heat you generate riding is going to be trapped inside those warm clothes, unless you want to take a long slow ride in the cold, rain, or snow , which doesn't make a lot of sense. Riding in warm weather with light clothes on helps you stay nice and cool, you sweat, the wind you generate by riding evaporates the sweat and you stay cool.
    If you buy from a bike shop they usually throw in some free tune ups too. Yes I recommend bike shops, they save you a lot of money in the long run.
    Good luck!
    A bonus, I have bad knees and walk with a cane, but I can ride all day long. Pushing pedals puts a totally different strain on the knees than walking does.

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